Coalition politics and accountability
AbstractThe paper introduces the possibility of coalition government into the theoretical study of political accountability and analyzes the accountability of coalitions as a problem of team production. It is shown that coalition governments can be held accountable in the presence of an electoral alternative. Accountability becomes problematic if it is certain that at least one of the coalition parties stays in power after the elections. Such a coalition (sometimes called a âunity governmentâ) cannot be given appropriate collective incentives. To incentivize government performance, voters make one coalition party responsible for the outcome. This, however, makes the other coalition party interested in sabotage. The paper analyzes the resulting conflict and characterizes optimal voter strategy. -- In dieser Arbeit wird die theoretische Analyse der politischen Verantwortlichkeit auf die Situation einer Koalitionsregierung angewandt. Reduziert auf den vertragstheoretischen Kern des Problems stellen Koalitionsregierungen ein âTeamproduktâ fÃ¼r den WÃ¤hler als Prinzipal her, wobei der âVertragâ zwischen WÃ¤hlern und Koalitionsregierung sehr spezifisch und jedenfalls unvollstÃ¤ndig ist. Es wird gezeigt, dass die Disziplinierbarkeit einer Koalition unproblematisch ist, wenn eine wahre Wahlalternative vorhanden ist. Die Disziplinierbarkeit (also die politische Verantwortlichkeit) wird problematisch in einer Situation, in der sich eine Koalition verschiedener Parteien ergibt, zu der es keine echte mehrheitsfÃ¤hige Alternative gibt, und die als âGroÃe Koalitionâ bezeichnet werden soll. Die Besonderheit der GroÃen Koalition ist, dass mindestens eine der beteiligten Parteien mit Sicherheit nach den nÃ¤chsten Wahlen weiterregiert. Nur Teile der Regierung kÃ¶nnen abgewÃ¤hlt werden; die groÃe Koalition als Einheit kann in dieser Situation von den WÃ¤hlern nicht in toto âbelohntâ oder âbestraftâ werden. Die Arbeit beschreibt die beste Strategie des reprÃ¤sentativ
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Political accountability; Coalitions; All-pay auctions; Unity government; Team production; D72; H11;
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- Kiss, Áron, 2009. "Coalition politics and accountability," Discussion Papers, Research Unit: Market Processes and Governance SP II 2009-01, Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB).
- D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
- H11 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government - - - Structure and Scope of Government
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